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Pride & Joy Mild Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Pride & Joy Mild AlePride & Joy Mild Ale

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1,919 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,919
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 66
Gots: 159 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
5.0% ABV, 30 IBUs - This beer is 3 Floyd’s American “Mild” Ale. With a more assertive hop profile that British Milds and a relatively low alcohol content this is a great session beer that still has Pale Ale characteristics. Pride and Joy is a golden color with a fruity nose and a light caramel sweetness to balance the crisp finish. A truly refreshing ale that drinks easily.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 08-06-2001)
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Photo of MusicaleMike


4.78/5  rDev +22.9%

I poured this 12oz bottle of mild ale into a red wine glass, which i seem to be using a lot lately. I sat out on the porch while drinking this delight.

A: It poured a hazy orange color with a beautiful thick, cream-colored head which stayed around for the entire time, leaving thick rings on the side of the glass. There was lots of active carbonation visible through the haze.

S: The smell was incredible! Sweet and fruity notes everywhere. I could pick out a bubblegum smell at first, then I got the green apple smell coming at me. Other than that, I could smell grapes, like white grapes or something. The citrus hop smell was obvious, but it was not overpowering at all.

T: Very well-balanced. Spicy hops were countered by toasty/buttery malts. The predominant taste is citrus. Grapefruits, sour apples...and there is some other interesting flavor which I cannot put my finger on. Medicinal? It was more than just a flavor though, since it affected the mouthfeel in some way.

M: This ale was very smooth. The carbonation was neither too weak or too strong, but just right. Also, as I mentioned before, there was some quality that gave it a (medicinal) feeling.

D: This is now my favorite "mild ale." It is so damn drinkable that I have vowed to stop drinking water from now on. I am not going to file a BeerSpy report. Just stay the hell away from this beer!

05-05-2008 15:24:59 | More by MusicaleMike
Photo of DefenCorps


4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

12oz bottle picked up this weekend in Chicago. Poured into my pint glass

A: Golden amber with a nice, white head that recedes leaving nice lacework.

S: Pleasantly hoppy with grapefruit, orange and mango. Inviting, with a hint of sweetness. This is very balanced and a pleasure

T: Starts off with a mild hop bite with an earthy hint and a subtle malt backbone. The finish is a little bitter and dry. Nothing more to ask for from an APA.

M: A little thin and a little undercarbonated.

D: Oh boy, I'm glad I have another 3 of these puppies!

05-02-2008 00:22:29 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of Atron67


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

A- poured a slightly foggy amber with a light white head on top. the head never built up that much but stayed pretty well and gave a pretty solid retention.

S- really solid dry hop citrus flavor all over the place. really juicy and delicious smelling actually. for a mild i wasnt expecting this much to be going on.

T- has a light malty flavor with a huge dry hop kick. not very bitter but the large amount of dry hopping carries over to a nice floral charachterthe finish is a little watery.

M- light body, medium carbonation.

D- a really nice beer. makes me want to make a mild so that i can enjoy something like this more often. prolly be a good dry hop fix in these rough times if all you want is a nice dry hop scent and juiciness

04-27-2008 22:20:18 | More by Atron67
Photo of dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%

Nearly gushes from the bottle pouring a clear, medium amber/caramel color and massive off-white head. Aromas are characteristic FFF, lots of citrusy, resiny hops. A bit of toasty malts are noted, not quite biscuity, but with a caramel like toasted character. On the palate, the hops have nearly dissapeared, and the malts, while not overly characterful like they should be in a mild, take the bulk of the flavor. Interestingly, this beer is WAY over carbonated to giving you quite a bite and drying the finish out too much. I don't think it's infected, but there's something seriously wrong with the carbonation level. Given that, it really hurts the drinkability.

04-25-2008 14:30:11 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of Slynger


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

Deep orangey-gold, fuzzy orange tinted lid. Sweet, fresh, orangey-grapefruit citrus hoppy nose. Lightly toasted grains with light, fresh earth bitterness and peppery spice flavors. Piney as well, with a light body and oily smooth and creamy-crunchy mouthfeel. Very nice, light, flavorful, sessionable ale.

04-13-2008 03:24:31 | More by Slynger
Photo of nrbw23


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

A- A hazy golden amber color, with a huge foamy head that stayed the entire time. Rings of lacing also covered my glass.

S- A ton of fruit here...some orange, grapefruit and a little piney hop here also.

T- Follows the nose here. Very nice and balanced flavour here.

M- Crisp and little dry.

D- A very drinkable brew. At first I wasn't sure but this one grew on me big time.

04-09-2008 10:26:05 | More by nrbw23
Photo of AylwinForbes


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

We had this from the cask at cellar temperature at the Map Room; not even at the FFF have we had this version. It is a pale chestnut color, with very little head - not surprising really. Aroma was very muted. To my mind the beer was veering towards oxidation, there was a hint of flatness about the taste. Surrounded by a endless high-alcohol beers it can be something of a relief to drink a lighter style. This is redolent of a ligher English bitter, muted hop bitterness and quite dry. It is very accessible and drinkable even if it doesn't leave a pronounced mark.

04-08-2008 02:22:21 | More by AylwinForbes
Photo of Jerzdevil1116

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +8%

12 oz bottle purchased at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

A- Hazy golden amber body. Tall foamy, white head. Alot of carbonation. Sudsy lacing left on the glass.

S- Floral and spicy. Hints of lemon and pineapple. Hoppy with a biscuity sweet side.

T- Well balanced between malt and hops. Minor malt sweetness with a crisp lemony hopness. Dry hop finish.

M- Light to medium body with high carbonation tingle.

D- A very crisp and refreshing beer. Would be nice on a summer day. Very sessionable.

04-06-2008 21:30:39 | More by Jerzdevil1116
Photo of beereality


4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured vigorously into an imperial pint.rich golden, hazy. little white head that disappeared
fast and left little lacing. I've had a couple of batches that were super effervescent. they would foam out of the bottle if you didn't pour them fast enough. still excellent though....
Light somewhat hoppy smell. not super strong, but nice.
Another beer that improves with warming. Very tasty light bitter.
Alpha kings little brother, hard not to drink alot of these!.

04-06-2008 02:47:00 | More by beereality
Photo of dedrinker


4/5  rDev +2.8%

Hazy light amber color with golden-copper hues. Fluffy white head becomes off-white as it dissipates. How strange. Aromas of leafy hops, wood oil/ sap, fresh dough and biscuit dough. The flavors reprise the aroma with the addition of marmalade and a hint of caramel malt. Just a tad lighter than medium body. Finish of yeast, dough, and citrus peel. It's funny how an American interpretation of a British Mild comes out as a standard profile for an American Pale Ale. A damn good one though.

03-24-2008 04:25:54 | More by dedrinker
Photo of abankovich


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured a nice orange amber color with a little haze to it. Not much head that stuck around, what is present is a clean white color.

This beer smells like it will end up tasting pretty well-balanced. Hops are prevalent and citrusy but not the only aroma noticeable.

The first sip that hit my lips I noticed that this is a very smooth beer. Hops and malt are both present and mix well. Neither overpowering the other. The finish is sweet and a little toasted tasting actually.

Mouthfeel is light bodied but full tasting. Some dryness sticks around in my mouth afterwards.

All-in-all a tasty, easy to drink, sessionable beer that I'd love to have again.

03-13-2008 01:10:45 | More by abankovich
Photo of jbphoto88


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Dispensed 12 oz from a bottle that has no freshness date I can find. Looks like a deep honey gold with a light tan head that fades fast.

Smells of lightly toasted malts, light nuttiness, some caramel with a light citrus floral bouquet.

Taste is nutty and of mild yet robust malts with a slight spicy finish. A light citrus undertone bites the tongue. There is a nice mild malt finish aftertaste. Quite pleasing.

Another mild beer based on the english style. A nice refreshing change to the bigger beers I've been drinking lately.

03-08-2008 02:06:02 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of JDV


3.45/5  rDev -11.3%

bottle ordered from Archer Liquors
Cloudy orange honey colored with a soapy sudsy head. Smell is uniquesly fruity. Tangerine strikes me most. Very fresh smelling but slighty subdued strengthed nose overall. Taste has hints of orange with mild bittersweet hops. Quite carbonated, but the body is a bit thin to go along and resultedy tastes a bit weak and slightly bland. What flavor there is, is nice and is unique as far as ambers go. Good effort, and I wouldnt mind trying a bottle of this that I knew for a fact was fresh.

03-01-2008 22:08:21 | More by JDV
Photo of toddhett

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours to a fluffy off-white head that settles to pencil thickness after about a minute, but it's a beautiful beer during that minute. Virtually no lacing. The beer itself is a dark tumeric.

Not a huge nose (sweet and perhaps more lemon than grapefruit).

The taste is a little watery at first, then grassy with a small mix of citrus, followed by a quick burst of bitter, and then gone. There's a little bit of bread on the back end. While it's by no means a particularly malty beer, there's a decent amount of sweetness.

It's an intriguing beer. The brewery describes it as an American mild, and I like that categorization much more than BA's categorization of it as an American Pale Ale ("APA"). I think that the mouthfeel isn't big enough for an APA, but it works really well for me as a mild. It's a perfect American session beer, and the image of taking a British mild and ramping up the Northwest hops is just plain cool.

I wouldn't change anything about this beer, except that I would increase its availability in the Washington, D.C. area.

03-01-2008 18:40:21 | More by toddhett
Photo of DrDogbeer


4.53/5  rDev +16.5%

Thanks to Sephiroth for the FFF beers!!! Anyhoo- pours a nice hazy orange with with a thick cream colored head. Sweet citrus/tropical fruit aromas are abundant. Nice crisp mouthfeel is followed by a sweet, light citrus type hop flavor that gets balanced out by a malty finishing kick. The flavor is pretty crisp and clean, though. This may be one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. I want more!!!

03-01-2008 01:15:37 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours orangy gold and hazy, with a massive head of white dough that refused to be crammed into the glass. Several attempts at dispensing the bottle resulted in a one-inch rise above the rim, with three inches below.
Constant streams of fine carbonation kept the clingy foam througout the duration of the glass.
A real sight to behold.
Aromatics are mildly hoppy and crisp, with light malt and a citric bite.
The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, lively and crisp.
The pallet has light malt to balance with drying bitterness, and tropical fruit zest.
Alcohol is nill and the beer drinks incredibly fast and refreshing.
Finishes quick and dry with some stray citrus.

What a quencher a pitcher would be with a jalepeno pizza.

02-25-2008 22:14:31 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of DukeofAle


3.03/5  rDev -22.1%

I tried this beer because I was so impressed with some of the other 3F products. To me it is not hoppy enough to qualify as an APA - I'd have thought it was more of an english bitters.

The first 6-pk I tried was very foamy - excessively so. I assumed this was not typical so sometime later I bought a second 6 but with the same results - explosively foamy. I like plenty of head so this is an odd complaint for me. Retention was poor, smell and taste average at best. Mouthfeel is somewhat this and watery in my opinion. American Pale Ale, IPA and Imperial stouts are my favourite styles - there are much better APA's to choose from.

02-23-2008 22:23:38 | More by DukeofAle
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

A big frothy white head that sticks around forever, and then leaves some pretty sticky lace on the glass. Very light amber with orangish/yellowish tones. A very pretty beer, love head.

Something is not good about this smell. I can't put my finger on it, but it almost made me not want to try the beer.

So I know smell and taste are very interconnected, but this beer is a great APA. Nice and hoppy. Citrusy sweetness upfront followed by some piny-ness. I detect some clove flavor, but that is probably just a type of hop. Finishes with just a touch of malt.

Mouthfeel is nothing impressive, just your average apa/ipa feel. Drinkability is good also.

If it were not for that funky smell this beer would have gotten a fantastic review. But I just could not get past it.

02-21-2008 03:18:12 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

Appearance: Gushes from the bottle and pours a hazy honey color with a sturdy head that laces nicely

Smell: Nicely balanced nose of clementine orange and caramel

Taste: Opens with a citrusy aspect that lingers on top of the biscuity malt right through mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt manages to sneak through but both flavors remain in the fore through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body but a bit too carbonated

Drinkability: Just an incredible achievement for a nice session beer

Thanks, joe1510, for the chance to re-visit this in the bottle

02-18-2008 01:29:06 | More by brentk56
Photo of tprokop7


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

Thanks to RustyDiamond for this beer. It was sent as an extra in my first BA trade.

A - Light, cream colored head on cloudy, copper body.

S - Mostly hops. I like it so far...

T - Lots of malt, with some hops, citrusy especially on the finish.

M - Carbonation hits the tongue first, but the beer quickly become smooth.

D - I wish that this was available here. Seems like it would make a great session beer. Having to trade for it basically makes that impossible though... Let me know if you have a case you want to get rid of :-)

02-11-2008 04:52:49 | More by tprokop7
Photo of Stoneman78


4.58/5  rDev +17.7%

Acquired via trade from vj2slow

Appearance is a cloudy light orange hue, thick soapy foam mostly sustains, light lacing mostly slips down the glass

Smell is amazingly crisp and fresh pale malts with a hint of citrus, caramel, and hops in the background, subtle but very fitting for the APA style

Taste is dominated by a range of malts, namely toasty breads and caramel, citrusy sweet hops enter midway and provide a dry and slightly bitter complement to the malts, finishes clean and malty

Mouthfeel is light-bodied, smooth and creamy texture, moderate and ample carbonation

Drinkability is high and in the session range at 5%abv. This is a classic APA (more so that the more hop-forward Alpha King APA) with great malt presence and no noticeable alcohol in the body, another great beer from FFF

02-01-2008 04:47:05 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of Floydster


3.58/5  rDev -8%

12 ounce bottle purchased from Walnut Liquorette for three dollars

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass with a light orange color that had a golden tint when held up to the light, massive soapy white head that was over two inches tall because of my aggressive pour, not much retention or lacing, head became creamy once it settled after a few minutes

Smell had citrus up front with oranges and lemons in particular, some faint malt and other hoppiness as well, not much going on here

Taste was more hoppy than I thought it would be, dry at the beginning and a little bit in the finish, in between got some faint tastes of pineapple and tangerine, the malt balance this out pretty well, it is pretty chewy at times though, got sweeter the longer it took to drink, by the end the citrus pretty much took over, taste would allow you to drink a lot of this

Body was not very substantial, big bubbles of carbonation, taste did not last very long, pretty weak mouthfeel overall

This would make a great session beer, it is light on the stomach, low in alcohol, smooth and goes down easy, could easily take down a six pack of this stuff

Not Three Floyds' best but still not a bad beer, would drink again but a six pack probably would only cost three dollars more than one bottle does here in California, recommended for fans of easy to drink pale ales

01-19-2008 20:00:40 | More by Floydster
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

slightly hazy light amber/orange. white head with okay retention and lace. nose was light hops and malt. orangy w/ faint sweet bread. taste was a well balanced malt/hop mesh with a medium body and a slight slight bitter finish. i could drink this beer all day and all night. it goes really well with tons of foods. a really exceptional session beer. i've got to give it to these guys, and i'm sure they hear it all the time, but they make fantastic beers. i hope they never get too big for their britches like a lot of other brewers, but i hope they start sending their stuff to the east coast as well. gogo 3fs!!!

01-18-2008 03:18:16 | More by timtim
Photo of joe1510


4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-pack
Route 6 Liquors

Pride & Joy, Three Floyds quaffer, poured a mildly hazed copper with multiple streams of tiny carbonation bubbles exploding to the surface. I got a little too aggressive on the pour and received a three finger head in exchange. As the head fell it became creamy and dense leaving thick patches of lacing on its way down. The head has some strong staying power.

Toasty grains combine with some mild caramel to create a solid malt base. The hops are dominant but short of being overwhelming for the malts present. The sweetened candy like hops is all about orange, grapefruit, and mango. Three Floyds always does good things when they start throwing hops around.

More caramel comes along in the flavor than in the nose, which is to my liking. The hops blanket that maltiness from mid-palate through the swallow. Again, it's all the sweetened citrus orange, not as much grapefruit, and juicy mango. Now this beer doesn't follow the guidelines of a mild in the least but you have to remember Three Floyds "isn't normal".

Medium bodied with a silky smooth body that is sheer pleasure to consume. The finish brings a dash of brightness from the hop presence.

This beer is all in one quenching, delicious, and sessionable. This is one to enjoy when more than a few beers are called for.

Pride & Joy is another good beer from Three Floyds. Although Alpha King is what I usually pick up in 6-pack form Pride & Joy is more on the sessionable side and enjoyable as well. Three Floyds does some good things when it comes to hops.

01-13-2008 22:00:04 | More by joe1510
Photo of CDBeerDisappear


3/5  rDev -22.9%

Translucent orange amber with a half inch rocky head that quickly settles into a thin layer with yeasty looking islands. Aroma is floral and not very pungent. The floral smell comes across in the taste as well. I would call it bitter and floral. If you swallow it 'hard' there is kind of an angry bitterness at the back of the throat. That is kind of cool! I would and will drink this again but there are many beers that I like more than this one.

Just noticed that this beer has an IBU rating of 29. I find this fascinating because I perceive it as being more bitter than DIPA's with five times the IBU rating

01-10-2008 21:45:45 | More by CDBeerDisappear
Pride & Joy Mild Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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